Overcoming Insomnia

Combat insomnia with relaxation, mental voice tone, and visualization.

Stever Robbins
3-minute read
Episode #039

The time-honored way of getting to dreamland is by counting sheep. To us, sheep are boring, so that puts us to sleep. But to other sheep? It's like us counting Zac Efron, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Demi Moore, Liz Taylor... Since I was a sheep in a past life, this doesn't put me to sleep; it's more like reading Sheepul magazine.

So instead, I tried counting politicians. One ... two ... no, I disagree. NO! NAFTA never ... Oh. I'm not asleep. Ok, that doesn't work either. There has to be a better way to fall asleep. And there is.

Don't count sheep, count body parts. Yours. If you count someone else's, it will wake you back up. And while you're counting, relax... Start with your head. Notice your scalp. Imagine what it looks like. Notice how it feels. Tighten your scalp just a bit so you can feel the muscles. Then relax it. Do that for you face, jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, and so on down your body. By the time you get to your toes, your body will be like a big tub of melted buttah. Bliss!

Now, close your eyes and start to watch your thoughts. If you talk to yourself in that old worry voice, slow the voice down. T-a-l-k s-l-o-w-l-y t-o y-o-u-r-s-e-l-f. You can even *yawn* mentally.

Hey! Are you driving? I told you not to listen while driving! Snap out of it. Wake up! Listen later. Sheesh. Some people.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT. 

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